Editorial: Let the election games begin

It is only seven months to go before the municipal election

Councillor Maja Tait said it on Monday night – it’s election time. It starts in January and ends just before the election in November. What starts? If anyone has gone to council since the beginning of the year, it is obvious that the electioneering has begun. The waffling on decisions made earlier, the pleasantness among council members, the lack of out bursts and the cautious decisions or no decisions. No one wants to offend the electorate. That is a good thing, but it shouldn’t just be in the months before an election, this is something that should go on for the entire term of office – and it hasn’t in many cases. In fact, council meetings are rather staid these days, it was a lot more exciting when tempers blew and definite positions were taken on issues.

Four-year terms are coming and we need to be ready for that. One has to seriously consider who they think will be the most conscientious and desirable candidate for council or mayor. Do we go with those we know or take a chance on someone new? That, of course, will be up to the voters. With four-year terms, there is no easy legal way to depose someone who isn’t “working” out. There is no probation period, no performance reviews. There is their record for sure, if they have sat on council already. What about those newcomers to the political arena? As in every community there are those who speak out and take stands for others, sit in on council meetings and committees to see what is going on. Those folks are likely the ones who will throw their hat in the ring.

Now the waiting game begins. Few council members have declared whether they are running again or not. Rumours abound and tight lips are everywhere. They are waiting to see who is running to determine what they will run for – council or mayor. It will be an interesting seven months of gestation.

Just Posted

Sooke’s Old-Fashioned Country Picnic set for Saturday

The free event combines music, kids activities, food and fun

Cycslists were all smiles during ninth Tour de Victoria

More than 2,100 cyclists participated

‘I’m just absolutely disgusted’: Husband furious after Const. Beckett’s killer gets day parole

Kenneth Fenton was sentenced to prison after he fatally struck Const. Sarah Beckett’s cruiser

Police investigating incident in Saanich neighbourhood

Neighbours tell Black Press Media that a body has been found, but police remain tight-lipped.

Colwood man takes on Ride to Conquer Cancer for 11th year in a row

Team Finn has raised almost $3 million for BC Cancer Foundation

VIDEO: Langley Ribfest met with protesters

Groups that oppose the event for various reasons plan to be on site each of the three days.

Sooke’s Old-Fashioned Country Picnic set for Saturday

The free event combines music, kids activities, food and fun

Canadians killed in Afghanistan honoured during emotional dedication ceremony

One-hundred-fifty-eight Canadian soldiers died during the mission

It’s snow joke: Up to 30 cm of snow expected to fall in northeastern B.C.

Alaska Highway, Fort Nelson to be hit with August snowstorm, according to Environment Canada

Sea-to-Sky Gondola in B.C. likely out of commission until 2020

Sea to Sky Gondola carries between 1,500 and 3,000 people every day during the summer season

Helicopter-riding dog Mr. Bentley now featured on cans of new B.C.-made beer

Partial proceeds from every pack go to Children’s Wish

PHOTOS: Weapons seized at Portland right-wing rally, counterprotests

Not all who gathered Saturday were with right-wing groups or antifa

Ferries employees participating in Denman Island cleanup for plastic-shedding ferry

The cleanup comes a few weeks after one organized by residents of the Island

Discussion on grief and loss between Stephen Colbert, Anderson Cooper goes viral

The exchange includes emotional question from Cooper, and outlook on grief as a child

Most Read